Denver Broncos – Orange County Register

Brock Osweiler is Denver’s backup. Again.

The 6-foot-7 quarterback walked into the Broncos’ practice facility this week, bringing some amount of closure to one of the most bizarre career arcs in recent NFL history. This is what Osweiler has been through in the past 19 months: a Super Bowl champion, backing up Peyton Manning as he closed a Hall of Fame career; a free agency winner, signing a four-year, $72 million contract with the Texans after just seven starts; and a league-wide punchline, traded in what amounted to a salary dump (for Houston) and a draft-pick acquisition (for Cleveland).

After training camp, the Browns decided they too had no use for Osweiler, not with rookie DeShone Kizer behind center. And that’s when the Broncos called.

Osweiler returns Colorado not as the intriguing second-round pick he was five years ago, but as a plug-in backup making the veteran’s minimum. He is back because Paxton Lynch, last year’s first-round pick, is out with a bruised shoulder. And he is back because, ostensibly, he knows the Broncos’ offensive system — even if he hasn’t worked with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy since his rookie year.

“He looked fine,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Monday. “He looks tall — very tall. He looked fine.”

And this time — after veiled shots in the media and a missed White House trip — all parties seem eager to start over.

“Any hard feelings?” Osweiler told reporters. “No. I think if you look back at all of my interviews from the time that I signed with Houston and then traded up to Cleveland, I spoke volumes of this organization and I spoke volumes of this city. I have nothing but love and appreciation for this organization.”


Joseph wasn’t the most obvious choice to succeed Gary Kubiak, who abruptly retired from coaching in January at 55 years old. In his lone season as Miami’s defensive coordinator, Joseph oversaw a unit that gave up 382.6 yards per game — more than all but three other NFL teams.

But the University of Colorado alum had cultivated a reputation for his leadership and attention to detail, traits that paid off this offseason when he landed arguably the best job coaching job available.


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